Permanent Residents (PR) are now allowed to join Canada’s Armed Forces

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The military is making major changes to its recruitment policy.

Last week, Canada’s armed forces created an Instagram post announcing that permanent residents will soon be eligible to join Canada’s Armed Forces (CAF).

Each November 11, Canadians gather to remember the contributions and sacrifices made by members of the armed forces. The tradition began at the end of World War One in 1918 and marks the moment when the war officially ended, at 11 a.m.

  CAF is looking for more force members

The Department of National Defence (DND) is expected to make a formal announcement in the coming days regarding the change to the policy. Until now, permanent residents were not allowed in the CAF due to issues surrounding security clearances.

Why are permanent residents now allowed to join the army?

In March, defence minister Anita Anand said that Canada’s military needs to grow, particularly considering the Russian invasion in Ukraine.  The news comes as a major change in recruitment policy. At the same time, the Toronto Star reported that Canada is about 12,000 regular force troops short of its “full strength” of 100,000 regular force members.

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